Jon Porthouse  

The Old Capitol by Jon Porthouse

March 2023 - The Old Capitol

About the Image(s)

I took a trip to north Alabama and visited several locations of natural and scenic beauty. After an overnight in Tuscaloosa, we visited Capitol Park where the centerpiece is the ruins of the Capitol Building which served as the seat of State Government from 1826-1846. The building burned down in 1923, but it is preserved as a historical site due to its significant role it played in the area's history.

Technical- Taken handheld with a Canon Rebel SL3, EF-S 18-55 mm lens at 18 mm. Aperture of f/16, shutter speed of 1/125, and ISO 200. Processed in Lightroom. Converted to black and white, adjusted tone and presence. Some color mixing and masking to bring out details Toned just a bit toward sepia. Removed a distracting light post from the left of the ruined walls of the rotunda.

3 comments posted

Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
I like it Jon. Only one minor thought - less sky. The white wall on the background of the white sky is a given but cropping a bit the sky will make the wall bigger in the picture therefore with more presence   Posted: 03/01/2023 06:53:14

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Jon!

A well documented scene representing a known piece in rural Alabama. Nicely balanced, well composed!

I think the sky portion is OK, but perhaps processed a bit better to bring out the cloud formation, which I think lurks somewhere: in fact, take the original and cut back on Global Highlights for (1) process, then go back and selectively "Dodge" areas you want remaining brighter, or more pronounced. (This is one, of a couple of ways of achieving this, but I suggest, might be the fastest/best).

The result will bring a lot more detail to the sky, and thus the sky's, current, slightly bright aspects, will be eliminated. (I hope Adi agrees with this recipe for improvement).   Posted: 03/16/2023 06:27:37

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Jon, I like the leading line of rocks and walls to the Capitol Gate. The Gate stands out really well. Well done!   Posted: 03/18/2023 08:34:14


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